The remote pub Devon pub with stunning beach views and a unique way to get there

The Pilchard Inn
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If you yearn to listen to the gentle murmur of the waves while enjoying a refreshing summer drink, one Devon pub in particular offers breathtaking views in an exceptionally serene setting.

The Pilchard Inn in Devon is one of England's most ancient pubs, having been serving beverages since 1336. Located on Burgh Island just across the causeway from Bigbury on Sea, dedicated drinkers can walk across the causeway at low tide, or hop on a tractor when the tide comes in.

Encircled by the sea and sandy beaches, the pub is a real treat for seafaring travellers. The peculiar-looking tractor is one hand at high tide to drive across the beach with its wheels submerged, safely delivering punters to the pub.

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Burgh Island is a renowned tidal island that lies opposite the stunning beaches of Bigbury-on-Sea and Bantham. Famous for the beautiful Art Deco Burgh Island Hotel and the iconic sea tractor patrols the sea, it also served as the setting for Dame Agatha Christie's best-selling novel 'And Then There Were None.

Burgh Island
The sea tractor ferries visitors to the pub and back -Credit:Getty

Tucked away on the hillside, the 700-year-old Pilchard Inn exudes charm with its flagstone floors and thick wooden beams. A favourite haunt of fishermen for centuries, it is a cosy pub that's as enjoyable to visit in the winter as it is in the summer.

Offering a selection of craft beers and ciders, the pub also serves up homemade sausage rolls, Ribeye steak, and other seasonal dishes. According to TripAdvisor reviews, previous visitors were charmed by the picturesque views and cosy atmosphere.

The tractor ride is priced at £2 per person for each way, but it's weather-dependent, so be sure to choose a sunny day for your visit.

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